First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden trumpet their "Joining Forces" activities whenever possible to highlight the needs of military families.
But is this all campaign window dressing or is it effective?
A recent "Stars and Stripes" piece "We believe you, Mrs. Obama"would indicate at least a mixed record.
“If I were the first lady,” began Jacey, and then informed and entertained us with her hypothetical meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and their wives. Jacey admits she wants to see some improvements. Now.
She’s not alone. Many military spouses I’ve talked to say, on the record, that they are thankful for Joining Forces’ efforts to bring attention to military spouses. Off the record, they have questions. They want the bottom line on Joining Forces: Is anyone truly listening? What difference is it making?
Kathie pointed out that Joining Forces has brought about some changes that are commendable and should get more publicity than the numbers of call center jobs they've offered.
“Call us, and we will answer,” Mrs. Obama told a military audience, including me, earlier this year.
That’s a good policy. Any effort to help military families should start with good communication. I can’t speak for anyone else in that audience, but my emails and questions regarding Joining Forces have gone unanswered. So I still have questions, but I’d still rather be a believer than a doubter, so did my military spouse friends at the table that day.